Next steps for Occupy Delaware

Now that Occupy Delaware has selected a protest site in Wilmington, organizers are focusing on their first occupation a week from Saturday.

According to Occupy Delaware‘s Facebook page, supporters of the movement voted for H. Fletcher Brown Park as its first official occupation location during Wednesday’s “general assembly,” as their meetings are called. Organizers of the November 5th event posted, “The time has come for all of us to stand up for ourselves, and what better place to make a stand than Wilmington, Delaware: the credit and corporate capitol of the US?”

Because H. Fletcher Brown Park is managed by Delaware State Parks, Occupy Delaware must get the okay from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control first.

DNREC says it contacted Occupy Delaware Friday morning and is still waiting on a formal request from the group specifying how it plans to use the park. As far as park policies are concerned, DNREC’s Joanna Wilson says the agency receives requests regularly, which are reviewed on a case by case basis.

The City of Wilmington offered Christina Park as a possible site, saying it would provide port-a-potties and allow protesters to use electricity at the park for a two-week occupation. However, according to an article in The News Journal, protesters felt the park lacked visibility and rejected that proposal.

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